World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Palmer-James

Richard Jeffrey Charles Palmer-James (born 11 June 1947, in Bournemouth, England) is an English musician, best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s.[1]

Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals. He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar and vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album[2] under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song "Goldrush," a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album Slow Motion.

Palmer wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red. He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

Palmer has lived in Munich since the early 1970s. In 1978 he was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as Jack-Knife an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called I Wish You Would, performing songs from the early days.[3]

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title Monkey Business,[4] a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called "Doctor Diamond".

Today he makes his living mainly as a lyricist and keeps playing guitar in bars.


  1. ^ "King Crimson".  
  2. ^ Interview with Richard Palmer-James in Calamity, Elephant Talk.
  3. ^ I Wish You Would at Discogs
  4. ^ "Wetton left high and dry as Crimson pirate scuttled The bass and vocals star tells Simon Evans he's still baffled.".  

External links

  • Rough English translation of an interview with Richard Palmer-James in Tylko Rock
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.